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Car runs over Danville street sleepers

Original post made on Jun 14, 2008

Two teenage boys who claimed they fell asleep stargazing in the street were run over around 3:30 this morning on Ashland Court in Danville by a woman delivering the San Francisco Chronicle.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 13, 2008, 3:17 PM

Comments (9)

Posted by father of 14 year old SRVHS girl
a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm

I understand it is common for teenagers to sneak out at night and hang out together. Sooner or later something like this will happen. Two 15 year old boys were nearly killed when they were run over by a car while sleeping in a street at 3:30 in the morning.
What can we do to keep these kids safe and inside at night? My daughter seems to thing that if their not doing something against the law it's no big deal.

Posted by Dee
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

I can see sleeping outside - especially in the heat - but in the street? Can't imagine. Maybe the last person was right, it was the forbiddenness that appealed to them. Poor Chronicle delivery person! It sounds kind of unfair that police are saying she may be to blame. I know we are supposed to always watch for cars, bikes, children, etc., but people sleeping on the street?

Posted by A step mother of 2 young adults and 2 under 8
a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2008 at 9:58 am

In reference to the 14 year old SRVHS daughter..One case against the two fifteen year olds is that Danville does have a curfew which they obviously broke. Why couldn't these boys star gaze on the front lawn or in the back yard? I feel terrible for this Chronicle delivery person. I agree with Dee who would have thought to watch for children sleeping in the street.

Posted by Pooh-Bah
a resident of Danville
on Jun 16, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Star gazing my hairy henie!

Drunk or stoned is my bet.

Posted by Leah
a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2008 at 8:26 am

The article says that stopping the car and trapping the kids underneath made "a "bizarre accident" even odder". Did they not stop to think that driving over the kids with a second wheel might have caused a little more damage--like death?

A driver should be paying attention to what's in the roadway, even at 3:30 in the morning, but no one would expect to see people sleeping in the street. while the blame must be shared by both the driver and the kids, I think the driver showed remarkable sense in stopping instantly and not making the damage worse than it already was.

Posted by Scott
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm

yah, either drunk or stoned. Why in the middle of the street? There must be something the P.D. is hiding or the paper.

Posted by Member
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 19, 2008 at 11:10 pm

Note that they were sleeping "face down"? Doesn't seem like stargazing to me...

Posted by sponge bob circle pants
a resident of Danville
on Jun 20, 2008 at 7:59 am

Leah hit it on the head. Why does the writer (Meghan Neal) think there is oddity associated with stopping after running over an object? Should she have just continued and run over the objects (in this case bodies) with the second axle / set of wheels? Where do they get these writers?

Lastly, where were the parents and why don't they care where their kids sleep? Drug tests for all - including Meghan.

Posted by Lucy
a resident of Danville
on Jun 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm


I didn't take it as the writer thought that it was odd that the driver stopped the car after running over the kids. I took it as this whole situation is odd (kids sleeping in the street, kids trapped under a car), not odd why the driver stopped.

I do agree with you about where the parents were and why don't they care where their children sleep-- or if they even knew where they were.

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